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Warning : Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale Is Misleading!

Warning : Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale Is Misleading!

Please be warned that the viral picture of the SPM 2020 grading scale is misleading! Here are the FACTS!

 

Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale On Facebook + WhatsApp

A picture of the purported SPM 2020 grading scale has gone viral on Facebook and WhatsApp.

In particular, a post by MamaMia Mia on 11 June 2021 went viral and caught the attention of the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM).

In her post, MamaMia Mia commented, “This is why I found it odd that the kids today are getting rows of As“.

She then edited the post, adding “I don’t know where this grading scale came from. People are just sharing them. Even if they deny it, there is no evidence of the truth. The effort of children studying isn’t the issue. It’s the fact that every year the minister will claim that their batch is the best. Suspicious.

 

Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale Is Misleading!

The grading scale is often shared without any explanation, so many people assume it’s the actual SPM 2020 grading scale.

But a closer look at the title will show that the chart is actually for the 2020 SPMRSM exams – the SPM trial examinations for MRSM (Maktab Rendah Sains MARA) – MARA Junior Science College in English.

It is said that MRSM trial examinations for SPM are tougher than the actual SPM examinations, so it is plausible that they would use a lower grading scale.

KPM has since issued a press release calling it misleading, and even lodged a police report over the post.

 

KPM Press Release On Viral SPM 2020 Grading Scale

This is our English translation of the official KPM press release on the viral SPM 2020 grading scale.

DENIAL OF SPM GRADING SCALE ON FACEBOOK

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) would like to refer to the post on MamaMia Mia’s Facebook page on 11 June 2021 regarding the ‘SPM Grading Scale’ with the caption “That’s why I feel it’s weird kids are now getting rows of As.” and “#bilasekolahdipolitikkan” (#whenschoolsarepoliticised) which is now viral.

We stress that the ‘SPM Grading Scale’ that has gone viral does not belong to the KPM Examination Board. The ‘SPM Grading Scale’ is presented as if it is the actual marking grade of SPM in 2020 and can confuse the public, especially parents and candidates for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in 2020. The post tarnishes the image, authority and credibility of the Examination Board as the national assessment body and threatens public order.

The Examination Board lodged a police report at 10.31pm on 11 June 2021, as well as a report to the Communications and Multimedia Commission for further investigation.

Malaysia Ministry of Education
11 June 2021

 

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Museum of Other Realities : How To Get It FREE!

Museum of Other Realities – multiplayer art showcase – is FREE for a limited time!

Find out how to get it FREE.. and TELL your friends!

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Museum of Other Realities

The Museum of Other Realities (MOR) is an immersive multiplayer art showcase in VR.

Step into a painting, surround yourself with fantastic sounds, experience art with your friends as it evolves and takes form.

The museum contains a growing collection of interactive art and experimentation, supporting artists who are challenging and redefining what is possible with virtual reality art.

Enjoy a collective multiplayer experience with old friends or make new ones in a gallery you can visit from anywhere.

 

Museum of Other Realities : How To Get It FREE!

Follow these steps to get Museum of Other Realities for FREE by 21 June 2021 (2 PM @ GMT+8)

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Museum of Other Realities page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Add to Account button to add it to your Steam account.
    You can choose to install it now, or postpone the installation.

That’s it! It is now part of your Steam account, and you can download and install it anytime you want!

Don’t forget to also grab the FREE Immersive Arcade Showcase DLC for Museum of Other Realities!

 

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SPM 2021 Exams Delayed To February + March 2022!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the SPM 2021 examinations have been postponed to February and March 2022!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for another 49 days (7 weeks).

At least a week before the end of the mid-term holidays, the Ministry of Education will announce whether the schools will reopen, or online learning will continue.

 

SPM 2021 Exams Delayed To February + March 2022!

The Minister also announced that the SPM 2021 examinations have been postponed to 2022 :

  • Oral examinations and science practical tests will be rescheduled to February 2022
  • Written examinations will be rescheduled to March 2022 *

* This includes SVM (Sijil Vokasional Malaysia) examinations.

 

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CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

The CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, with just ⅓ of the laptops or tablets to be distributed by 12 June 2021!

Here are the details…

 

CERDIK Initiative : What Is It?

The CERDIK Initiative, which started in February 2021, aimed to provide low-income B40 families with a laptop or tablet and Internet access for a year.

This initiative is fully financed by GLCs (Government-Linked Companies) and GLICs (Government-Linked Investment Companies), with contributions of about RM 150 million (USD 37 million).

Yayasan Hasanah – the Khazanah foundation selected to be its secretariat – will manage the initiative which aims to distribute 150,000 laptops or tablets to students from B40 families across the country.

The laptop / tablet (with 1 year of Internet connectivity) will be distributed to schools, and students will retain them until they complete their education.

 

CERDIK Initiative : Only ⅓ Laptops Distributed By June 2021!

Even though the CERDIK Initiative kicked off in February 2021, they only managed to distribute 12,887 devices to 95 schools in 51 districts by 5 June 2021.

The Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin said that another 40,290 devices will be distributed by 12 June 2021.

He estimates that the remaining 96,823 devices will be fully distributed by end of September 2021.

As you can tell, the CERDIK Initiative is off to a very slow start, and students from low-income B40 families are going to suffer.

Students have been learning online (PdPR) since mid May 2021. Until they get these devices and Internet connectivity, students from B40 families will have trouble joining those classes and keeping up.

If these students end up getting their devices in August and September, they would only be able to learn for a few weeks before the school term ends in November!

 

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Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that online learning for all schools will be extended until July 2021!

Here are the details…

 

Current Online Learning School Schedule In Malaysia

On 26 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education announced that schools will be closed, and students would study online for two weeks in May :

  • Group A : 16 to 27 May 2021
  • Group B : 17 to 28 May 2021

This was followed by the 2-week mid-year term holidays.

  • Group A : 28 May to 12 June 2021
  • Group B : 29 May to 13 June 2021

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for 37 days (5 weeks and 2 days).

 

Online Learning For All Schools In Malaysia Until July 2021!

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

All-in-all, the schools would be closed for another 49 days (7 weeks).

At least a week before the end of the mid-term holidays, the Ministry of Education will announce whether the schools will reopen, or online learning will continue.

Here is a better look at the slide.

 

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LimKokWing University Founder, Lim Kok Wing, Has Died

We just learned that Lim Kok Wing – the founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – has died.

Here is what we know so far…

 

Earlier Rumours : Lim Kok Wing Died From COVID-19

Rumours abounded earlier that Lim Kok Wing – the controversial founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – died from COVID-19.

Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing
Limkokwing University
Had covid and stayed in ICU in Pantai Bangsar. Came out from ICU 2 days ago and just died while still in hospital.

Be informed Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing is in ICU- Covid since last week. He’s stable but lung damaged.
He is seated with the late Michael Geh & the late Teo Chiang Quan at Sunway Annual Dinner. Fake or real news ?

We debunked those claims last week.

 

LimKokWing University Founder, Lim Kok Wing, Has Died

Gail Phung, the Senior Vice President of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) earlier dismissed the rumours as fake news.

She stated that he was hospitalised after a fall in his house, and is in a stable condition.

However, on 1 June 2021, FreeMalaysiaToday reported that an aide confirmed that the 75 year-old Lim Kok Wing has passed away. Other reports mention that he passed away at the Pantai Hospital.

PETALING JAYA: Artist, entrepreneur and educationalist Lim Kok Wing, perhaps best known for the universities that bear his name, has passed away.

An aide to Lim confirmed this today but declined to provide further details.

While he is remembered for founding the LimKokWing University of Creative Technology, with campuses in Cyberjaya, Sarawak, Cambodia, Botswana, Sierra Leone and the UK.

Our condolences to his family.

 

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Fact Check : Did Lim Kok Wing Die From COVID-19?

Did Lim Kok Wing – the founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – die from COVID-19?

Find out what’s the latest viral rumour, and what the FACTS really are!

Note : We just learned that Lim Kok Wing passed away.

 

Claim : Lim Kok Wing Died From COVID-19 After ICU Stay

Rumours have abounded today that Lim Kok Wing – the controversial founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – died today from COVID-19.

Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing
Limkokwing University
Had covid and stayed in ICU in Pantai Bangsar. Came out from ICU 2 days ago and just died while still in hospital.

Be informed Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing is in ICU- Covid since last week. He’s stable but lung damaged.
He is seated with the late Michael Geh & the late Teo Chiang Quan at Sunway Annual Dinner. Fake or real news ?

 

Fact Check : Did Lim Kok Wing Die From COVID-19?

Gail Phung, the Senior Vice President of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology dismissed the rumours as fake news, through a press release that stated :

Press Statement
25 May 2021

Tan Sri Limkokwing in stable condition, recuperating after a fall

The Limkokwing University wishes to thank everyone for their concern regarding the health of our President Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Limkokwing.

He was hospitalised following a fall in his house. We are pleased to inform that his condition is stable and kindly request that he be given complete privacy so he can focus on his recovery.

Once again, we are grateful and fully appreciate everyone’s interest in his well-being.

Please stay safe, stay healthy. Thank you.

Dato’ Gail Phung
Senior Vice President

It is interesting to note though that the statement did not explicitly refute claims that Lim Kok Wing had COVID-19, or that he spent some time in the Pantai Bangsar ICU.

But taking the press release at full face value – Lim Kok Wing is still alive, and is currently in stable condition.

The Sunway Group also issued a statement, stating that they did not host any annual dinner.

STATEMENT

We are aware of certain Whatsapp [sic] messages claiming that Sunway hosted an “annual dinner” attended by some prominent figures recently.

Please be informed no such annual dinner took place that was hosted by Sunway, and we would like to confirm that the claim is baseless and unfounded.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all to be cautious, responsible and mindful when sharing information.

Thank you.

For those who are wondering why Lim Kok Wing is so controversial, these articles may provide some background information on his recent controversies :

 

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MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

In yet another U-turn, the Malaysian government ordered kindergartens and childcare centres to close and within 24 hours, allowed them to open again in MCO areas!

Find out what is the latest U-turn in MCO restrictions by the Malaysian government!

 

MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Kindergartens, Childcare Can Open Again!

On 9 May 2021, the Ministry of Education issued a notice to all kindergartens, pre-schools, childcare centres, international schools in MCO areas, ordering to IMMEDIATELY cease operation until 6 June 2021.

Parents had to rush over to collect their children, because all those pre-school operators were asked to close right away.

The notice only affected private operators, as government childcare centres under the Welfare department were allowed to continue operating.

Then on 10 May 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced that MCO restrictions across the nation, but also stated that kindergartens, daycare and childcare centres are ALLOWED to operate during MCO 3.0.

On kindergartens and childcare centres, the Malaysian government came into a full circle – two U turns in just over 24 hours. Remarkable.

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccination @ Universiti Malaya : A Video Guide!

The Leong family were amongst the first to receive the AstraZeneca vaccination at Universiti Malaya (UM).

They shared with us their experience, and a video to help you get there and show you what the process is like at the vaccination centre!

If you are headed to the WTCKL (PWTC) vaccination centre, take a look at my video + picture guide!

If you are headed to the UKM Bangi vaccination centre, be sure to check Sharmine Ishak’s experience too!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccination @ Universiti Malaya : A Video Guide!

The Leong family were amongst the first to receive the AstraZeneca vaccination at the Universiti Malaya (UM) vaccination centre.

The dynamic duo, Melissa and Denise Leong, created this awesome video to help you get to the UM vaccination centre, and show you what the process is like once you get there!

Here is a step-by-step pictorial guide :

  1. When you get to the arch at the entrance of Universiti Malaya, just head straight for about 800 metres.
  2. Take a left turn when you see the sign Pusat Pemberian Vaksin (Vaccination Centre) at Persiaran Gagasan.
  3. Drive straight until you see the sign Penerima Vaksin (Vaccine Recipients).
  4. Take a left turn and look for a parking space.
  5. Walk to the examination hall, but only enter about 15 minutes before your appointment.

  1. Before you enter, make sure you scan the MySejahtera QR code to log your visit.
  2. They will then verify your appointment date and time, upon which you are given a numbered card.

  1. Once inside, you will be seated at Station 1 to wait for your turn.
  2. At Station 2, you will register yourself and scan the QR code for vaccination. Then you are given two copies of the consent form.
  3. You will sign the consent forms at Station 3, where you will have the opportunity to consult the attending doctor.

  1. At Station 4, you will queue for your turn to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. After receiving your AstraZeneca vaccination, you will be asked to wait in an observation area for 15 to 30 minutes, before you are allowed to leave.

All in all, the entire process took less than an hour, including the observation time. They went in at 11:20 AM and came out at 12:10 PM.

I would like to thank Jory, Melissa and Denise Leong for not only sharing their experience and pictures with us, but also the great video guide!

This will be immensely useful to those who are going to Universiti Malaya for the AstraZeneca vaccination soon!

 

Post AstraZeneca Vaccination Side Effects

Jory had soreness at the injection site, and mild fatigue.

Melissa had soreness at the injection site, mild fatigue and some body aches.

Denise had soreness at the injection site, on-and-off fatigue, mild fever, headache and nausea that resolved after the first night’s sleep.

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

The AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine against COVID-19.

It uses a chimpanzee adenovirus – ChAdOx1 – which has been modified to prevent replication, to introduce a DNA sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Once injected, the vaccine enters the cell and “teaches” it to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and express them on its surface.

These spike proteins triggers the immune response to create antibodies that will protect you against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

This is a 2-dose vaccine, with the second dose given 12 weeks after the first dose.

 

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UKM Bangi Vaccination Experience By Sharmine Ishak!

Our friend, Sharmine Ishak, just shared his experience of his AstraZeneca vaccination at UKM Bangi!

Find out what happens at the UKM Bangi AstraZeneca vaccination centre, and what the process is like!

If you are headed to the WTCKL (PWTC) vaccination centre, take a look at my video + picture guide!

If you are headed to the Universiti Malaya vaccination centre, be sure to check Melissa + Denise Leong’s guide too!

 

UKM Bangi Vaccination Experience By Sharmine Ishak!

Sharmine generously shared with us his experience with the whole AstraZeneca vaccination process.

In fact, it is a step-by-step guide on what happened at the UKM Bangi AstraZeneca vaccination centre!

ARRIVAL

1. Arrived at the PPV (vaccination centre) and was given two copies of the consent form. It’s double sided with one side English and the other in Malay.

2. Double checking on my timing (9am) they moved me to a seating area to fill the form.

Note: The form has a portion below for the signature. You can put your name, IC, and date. But leave the signature bit for later, as it needs to be signed in the presence of a witness (a doctor).


VERIFICATION OF IDENTITY

3. Once the queue was ready for me, I joined it and was shuffled into the hall. At the first checkpoint, they’ll check:

– My Sejahtera check-in
– Temperature
– My I/C — which will be required throughout

Foreigners/expats, please bring your passport.

VERIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT

4. At the second checkpoint, they verified my vaccination appointment: date and time, as well as some general COVID safety questions – if you’ve been out of the country, had contracted COVID, had been in close contact, etc.

CONFIRMATION OF CONSENT

5. After I was cleared, I entered the hall and was put in line for the doctor to review my consent form. They will also request you scan the QR, as directed in your MySejahtera app.

This is where you sign the form with the doctor as a witness. I had pre-signed, which is ok, so the doctor just signed their part.

HEALTH REVIEW

6. I am then moved to a second check with another doctor who did a quick review of allergies or injuries. For the ladies, they will ask if you are pregnant or breastfeeding etc.

Once you’re done here, they gave me a booth number where I moved to next.

VACCINATION!

7. I got my booth number, which included a space for me to sit and wait. After a 2-3 people, it was my turn to get vaccinated.

The feeling? Like a normal jab. Suntikan biasa je. No abnormal pain, no cold or burning sensation, just a little ant bite and it was over in seconds. I could even take a pic.

Note: I don’t know the protocols on photos, but I was allowed to selfie.

OBSERVATION AND GETTING YOUR VACCINATION CARD

8. I was then moved to an area where they took one of my consent forms (the other is yours to keep), which had been updated every stage of the way. I also needed to scan the vaccine QR here with my MySejahtera.

It’s key to mention here that due to all the queueing and waiting, I had already passed the 30 min observation period that was required. So shortly after scanning and passing the form, they called me to give me my vaccination card.

So I got my vaccination card, and was informed that the next appointment for #dose2 will be made known on my MySejahtera app between 2-12 weeks.

Based on studies, 12 weeks yields the best efficacy for AstraZeneca, so there’s no harm waiting the next one out.

And with that, the vaccination is done!

 

Sharmine’s Post  Vaccination Experience @ UKM Bangi

Well, besides the initial soreness on the arm, I don’t feel any odd side effects yet but I’ll be monitoring it until the end of the day to see if anything funky pops up.

The MySejahtera app includes a link for you to report any symptoms, but I have had no side effects except sleepiness and tiredness, but I blame lack of rest or sleep for that.

All the best to the rest of you getting your shots!

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

The AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine against COVID-19.

It uses a chimpanzee adenovirus – ChAdOx1 – which has been modified to prevent replication, to introduce a DNA sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Once injected, the vaccine enters the cell and “teaches” it to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and express them on its surface.

These spike proteins triggers the immune response to create antibodies that will protect you against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

This is a 2-dose vaccine, with the second dose given 12 weeks after the first dose.

 

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YES PRIHATIN : FREE Phone, Data + Education For B40!

We compared all of the Prihatin plans, and discovered that the YES PRIHATIN initiative is the BEST there is!

ZERO upfront fee, ZERO monthly fees, and ZERO contract!

Find out how to get a FREE smartphone, FREE data and FREE access to educational content through the YES PRIHATIN initiative!

 

YES PRIHATIN : What Is it?

On 5 May 2021, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin launched the Jaringan PRIHATIN programme, which offers a one year subsidy to help B40 families and individuals pay for devices and data :

  • B40 families : RM300
  • B40 individuals : RM180

YES is stepping up to the challenge, by offering two free PRIHATIN plans.

 

YES PRIHATIN : FREE Phone, Data + Education For B40!

Great news! If you are in the B40 segment, you are entitled to a FREE smartphone, FREE data and FREE access to educational content from YES!

YES is offering not one, but two PRIHATIN plans for B40 rakyat :

  • YES PRIHATIN Learn-From-Home Families
  • YES PRIHATIN Learn-From-Home Individuals

Both plans give subscribers a free smartphone, free data and free access to YTL Foundation’s Learn-From-Home content. All for one year, with no deposit, contract or payment!

On top of all that, subscribers will receive a RM50 Shopee voucher! How awesome is that?

 

YTL Foundation’s Learn From Home Content : Absolutely FREE!

YES PRIHATIN subscribers will get access to Learn from Home content, either on the FrogAsia Mobile App or the YTL Foundation website.

There are 1,271 lessons across four core subjects – Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics and Science – all mapped against the national curriculum for Primary 1 through Form 5.

There are also more than 13,000 quizzes covering all those core subjects, on the FrogAsia app that parents and students can use for revision.



 

How Does YES PRIHATIN Compare Against The Competition?

Will you look at that? The YES PRIHATIN plan definitely trumps the competition!

The most important thing B40 individuals and families should not – there is ZERO up front fee, and there is ZERO monthly fee.

On top of that, there is no contract. You are free to leave the plan whenever you want.

The YES PRIHATIN plan is definitely the best option, as our comparison table shows!

RM300 Subsidy Yes Maxis Hotlink Celcom UMobile Digi
Up Front Fee RM 0 RM 91 RM 295 RM 139 RM 100
Monthly Fee RM 0 RM 60 RM 28 RM 35 RM 35
Monthly Benefits 30 GB data
Unlimited calls
30 GB data
Unlimited calls
16 GB data
Unlimited calls,
YT, FB, IG,
WhatsApp, WeChat
Unlimited data
(4 Mbps)
30 GB data
Unlimited calls
Contract None 12 Months 24 Months None None
Free Device Altitude 3 vivo Y12s Samsung A02 Samsung A02
or
Realme Cii
Samsung A02
Total Entry Cost RM 0 RM 91 RM 200 RM 139 RM 100

 

YES PRIHATIN : How To Sign Up?

It is very easy to sign up for YES PRIHATIN, and claim your free smartphone, data, and access to educational content.

There are three ways to sign up for YES PRIHATIN :

WEBSITE : www.yes.my/kasiupB40

HOTLINE : 018-3333-303

SMARTPHONE

  1. Go to the YES PRIHATIN sign-up page.
  2. Click on the red Start button.
  3. Select the Free YES PRIHATIN SIM option.
  4. Choose your plan :
    a) Family with 30 GB of free data
    b) Individual with 15 GB of free data
  5. Fill in your personal information.
  6. Click the Verify button, once you’re done!

 

YES PRIHATIN : How To Register + Activate Your SIM?

After you receive your free YES SIM card, load it into your smartphone, and follow these steps :

  1. Open the MyYes app
  2. Click on the New User button.
  3. Click on the Activate SIM option.
  4. Click Face Recognition.
  5. Click the Start button.
  6. Click the record button, and follow these steps to verify your face.
    a) Look straight into your phone camera, ensure your eyes are wide open and smile.
    b) Turn your face to the left, and then to the right.
    c) Look straight into the camera again to capture your image.
  7. Once you see a green check mark, your Face Recognition Verification is complete!

Your free YES SIM card is now activated!

 

YES PRIHATIN : How To Claim Your Freebies?

To claim your free smartphone and data, follow these steps :

  1. Open the MyYes app
  2. Click on the YES PRIHATIN Learn From Home banner.
  3. Click on the Refer YES PRIHATIN button.
  4. Fill in the IC number of the B40 candidate.
  5. Fill in the information of the prospective B40 family, and click Next when you are done.
  6. Select your preferred plan – Family or Individual – and click Next.
  7. Fill in the delivery address and click Next.
  8. Verify your information, and click Next.

Your information will be processed, and you will be sent a notification if it’s successful!

 

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Selangor Schools + Ramadan Bazaars To Close!

All schools and Ramadan bazaars in Selangor have been ordered to close, in line with the new MCO measures.

Here are the details…

 

All Selangor Schools Ordered To Close For 2 Days!

The day after the Malaysian government announced MCO measures for 6 districts in Selangor, the Selangor state education department ordered all schools to close for 2 days.

Therefore, all schools in Selangor will shut down on Thursday, 6 May 2021 and Friday, 7 May 2021. After that, the extended Hari Raya holidays begins on 8 May 2021.

Effectively, the schools are set to close for some 39 days, in an effort to break the COVID-19 chain of infection.

Boarding school students who were allowed to return home for the Hari Raya holidays can do so, but they are asked to follow the schedule set by the Ministry of Education.

 

All Ramadan Bazaars In Selangor MCO Districts To Close From 8 May!

The Selangor state government also announced that all Ramadan bazaars in the six MCO districts must close from Saturday, 8 May 2021 onwards.

The government chose to offer a small grace period to allow bazaar operators and traders the chance to clear their existing stock.

 

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Ryan’s Autism Journey – Be The Miracle!

In support of Autism Awareness Month, I want to share with all of you – Ryan’s Autism Journey, and how your child can be the miracle too!

Updated @ 2021-05-05 : Added credit to the great therapists who helped Ryan, and more of my thoughts.

Originally posted @ 2021-04-30

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Be The Miracle!

It’s been a full decade since my son, Ryan, was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), just 3 months shy of his second birthday.

Today, he’s like any other kid his age. He goes to a normal school, keeps up with his studies, and can interact with people pretty normally.

Take a look at how Ryan went from being completely non-verbal, with poor motor skills and no eye contact, to the boy he is today.

Look at how far he has come along in the last 10 years. Your child too can become your miracle!

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : How He Became Our Miracle!

I’m sorry, but your child exhibits behaviours consistent with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

That is something no parent ever wants to hear. That is something no parent deserves to hear. But it is what it is.

It would explain his inability to speak or stay still, his lack of eye contact, repetitive behaviours, screaming fits at night (night terrors), etc.

Acceptance

IMHO, acceptance was KEY to our success.

Over the years, many people confided in me how their friends or relatives refused to acknowledge the diagnosis, which prevents them from moving to the next stage – helping the child.

If it helps, ignore the label. The diagnosis really doesn’t matter.

All you need to know is that your child is missing key milestones, and he/she needs help. That is all that matters.

Every Day Counts

Everyone goes through the stages of grief when you get the diagnosis. But time is of essence. Every day counts.

So I decided right away to speed right through to acceptance, and get right down to work.

That meant reading up on the latest studies and treatments, and getting urgent referrals to the best doctors and therapists in the area.

It may be somewhat easier for me, because I already underwent a similar baptism of fire when my wife had two strokes just 1.5 years earlier.

So I would understand if you may have trouble moving past this stage. If I may offer a personal suggestion, try focusing on the fact that your child urgently needs your help.

How can we not fight for Ryan???

Neuroplasticity

It soon became clear that the key was THERAPY, and the earlier he started, the better; because young brains are especially “plastic”

Neuroplasticity – the ability of our brains to “rewire” itself – is how stroke patients regain function through therapy, and it’s the same reason why therapy works in children with ASD.

The key is to start therapy as early as possible, to take advantage of the developing brain of young children, which is highly plastic.

You don’t even have to wait for a diagnosis. As our developmental paediatrician, Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan, once told me – as long as a child has developmental issues, therapy should begin.

Recommended : Autism + Special Needs Q&A With Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

The writer with Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

Therapy, Therapy, Therapy

We put Ryan on occupational therapy with Madam Teo Lee Fun to work on his sensory and behavioural issues, as well as his fine and gross motor skills.

We also put Ryan on speech therapy with Dr. Cindy Lian, to help him learn to speak, and later, to improve his pronunciation.

Finally, we managed to get a slot in an Early Intervention Programme – Bridges EIP – for two hour sessions, twice a week.

This is an incredibly useful programme, where special need kids are taught cognitive skills at the table for about 30 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of gross motor activities.

Then they learn to eat by themselves, and interact with other children during snack time. After that, they usually have some kind of art and craft activity, and end with singing.

Many thanks to great teachers like Jeremy Yong, Rachel and Lois Fu!

Therapy Is Brain Exercise

Therapy is literally brain exercise. The harder you exercise, the better you get.

The weekly therapy sessions alone are NOT ENOUGH.

We not only made sure we do not skip therapy sessions, we made sure we attended every session ourselves.

Why? So that we can learn to perform the same therapies, and repeat them at home. The key is to repeat, repeat, repeat at home.

Even if you are rich enough to afford daily sessions, that still amounts to just a few hours a week. It cannot beat parents teaching their kids at home too.

Don’t Give Up

Looking back at my records now, it looks like Ryan did not improve much for quite some time – at least 1.5 years.

But I never considered stopping his therapies, even as I watched other parents give up to try alternative treatments.

As expensive in money and time as they are – I attended most of them, and we repeated the therapies at home – I understood that therapies are literally the only proven treatment for ASD.

Then suddenly, Ryan started to show improvements, and by golly, when that happened, it just kept snowballing.

In just 1.5 years, he went from speaking a few words with awkward motor skills, to normal speech and mastering the waveboard in just two weeks!

He improved so much, we ended up sending him to a Chinese school – to keep pushing the envelope.

He is now in a public school, where he even won an award for being the most improved student in his class!

Don’t Chase After Miracles!

To parents with children on the spectrum, please don’t fall for what’s easy and what’s miraculous.

Biomedical treatments that promise quick solutions, or supplements that promise a fast cure – they are all enticing, I’m sure.

But don’t listen to what they have to sell. Find out what WORKS, and seek advice from those who actually SUCCEEDED.

Don’t chase after miracles. BE THE MIRACLE!

No Special Treatment

This is not part of therapy, it’s just common sense.

Don’t pamper or coddle your child, or treat him/her differently from the other siblings.

We made the conscious choice of making sure Ryan is treated no differently from his siblings.

Not only is he FULLY VACCINATED, he has NO SPECIAL DIET / SUPPLEMENTS, and certainly NO PASSES for bad behaviour.

We are not going to be here forever. If we want him to be fully independent as an adult, he has to learn to eat, drink and behave like everyone else.

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Why It’s Important To Speak Up

While we are still working with him on his social skills, it truly is amazing how far we have come in the last ten years.

I spent hours creating the video and writing this article, because it is important for those who have succeeded to lend a hand, and help those who are struggling to understand ASD, much less cope with the enormity of the task at hand.

I hope Ryan’s journey will inspire all of you to persevere and trust in the evidence, trust in the science.

He did it, and so can your child.

All we ask is that when you succeed, you too will lend a helping hand to other parents, and a voice for other children on the spectrum.

Thank you!

 

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SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

Parents were just informed, at the last minute, that SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 was ordered to close for 2 days, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here is what we know so far….

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closed For 2 Days!

At approximately 9:30 PM, the principal of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 sent out a WhatsApp message, informing the parents that the school would be closed for TWO (2) days, starting tomorrow.

On orders from the Selangor State Education Department, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara will be closed on Tuesday 4 May 2021 and Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

The teachers will instead conduct online teaching and learning classes for their students during these two days.

 

SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 Closure : WhatsApp Message

Here is the original WhatsApp message, and our English translation, on the closure of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 4 over their COVID-19 exposure.

(03/05/2021)

MAKLUMAN: PENUTUPAN SEKOLAH

Ibu bapa yang dihormati,

Adalah dimaklumkan pihak sekolah telah mendapat arahan daripada Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Selangor untuk menutup premis bagi kawalan perebakan penyakit berjangkit. Surat rasmi akan menyusul dari JPN.

Oleh itu sekolah akan DITUTUP berkuatkuasa esok, 04 MEI 2021 (SELASA) sehingga 05 MEI 2021 (RABU).

Sepanjang penutupan sekolah, sesi Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran di Rumah (PdPr) semua murid akan diteruskan secara online. Jadual PdPr adalah mengikut jadual waktu kelas sekarang. Mohon ibu bapa dapat memantau dan memastikan anak-anak hadir kelas pembelajaran online selama tempoh penutupan sekolah ini.

Maklumat terkini akan dikemaskini melalui saluran rasmi ini.

Harap maklum.

Terima kasih.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Pengetua, SMKBUD4

(03/05/2021)

NOTICE: SCHOOL CLOSURE

Dear parents,

Please be informed that the school has received instructions from the Selangor State Education Department to close the premises to control the spread of infectious diseases. An official letter will be issued by JPN.

Therefore, the school will be CLOSED effective tomorrow, 04 MAY 2021 (TUESDAY) until 05 MAY 2021 (WEDNESDAY).

Throughout the school closure, Home Teaching and Learning (PdPr) sessions for all students will continue online. The PdPr schedule is according to the current class schedule. Parents please monitor and ensure that your children attend online learning classes during the school closure.

The latest information will be updated through this official channel.

Please take note.

Thank you.

#kitajagakita
#patuhSOP

AINI WARDIAH ADENAN
Principal, SMKBUD4

 

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UPSR Abolished! PT3 Exams Cancelled This Year!

The Malaysia Mnister of Education just announced that UPSR is permanently abolished, and the PT3 examinations are cancelled this year!

 

UPSR Abolished! PT3 Exams Cancelled This Year!

On 28 April 2021, the Malaysia Mnister of Education, Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that UPSR is permanently abolished, and the PT3 examinations are cancelled this year!

  • UPSR is abolished from 2021 onwards
  • PASR (Primary School Alternative Assessment) for special needs children is also abolished
  • Entry into Form 1 (secondary school) will be based on school assessments
  • Entry into Form 1 of boarding schools will be based on PKSK (Special School Admission Assessment)
  • PT3 exams is cancelled for 2021, but not abolished
  • Form 3 students will be assessed by their schools or through PKSK.

 

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